Troy Davis has one last chance to save his own life.
He has faced 3 execution dates, despite the fact that most witnesses have recanted their testimony since he was convicted of murder 19 years ago.
On Wednesday, June 23, a U.S. Supreme Court-ordered evidentiary hearing will be held in Savannah, Georgia.
Stand with Amnesty. Demand justice for Troy Davis.
Troy was sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer in Savannah, a crime he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence against him and the weapon used in the murder was never found.
The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony. Since his trial, all but two of the nine state's non-police witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, many alleging that police coerced their original statements.
But for years, appellate judges declined to let these witnesses appear in court, citing procedural rules and technicalities. Finally, last August, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new evidentiary hearing for Troy, deciding that he should have one last chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia tries again to put him to death.
However, at the hearing Troy must "clearly establish his innocence," which is an incredibly high legal standard.
Wednesday, June 23, Troy's life is on the line.
Join Amnesty. Denounce the death penalty for Troy Davis.
Regardless of the hearing's outcome, no execution should ever take place when there are so many doubts about guilt.
Georgia cannot afford to make such a mistake, and Amnesty International is urging state officials to do everything in their power to prevent injustice from taking place.
Thank you for taking action on behalf of Troy Davis.
Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Director, Amnesty International USA
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